Air Quality Alert issued for Middle Tennessee

Friday, July 2, 2010 at 12:50am

The concentration of ozen and other particles are expected to reach unhealthy levels Friday, prompting the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to issue an Air Quality Alert.

People with lung disease such as asthma, children and older adults, and people who are active outdoors should limit prolonged exertion outdoors.

This is the fifth alert of the 2010 season. Ozone pollution is more prevalent in the summer months because the strong light from the sun “cooks” the chemicals emitted by cars, power plants, chemical plants and other sources.

To help lessen the effects of Friday’s ozone levels, the Clean Air Partnership of Middle Tennessee encourages citizens to incorporate smarter driving habits into their daily routines.

Steps that help lessen ozone levels include: carpooling or using mass transit, combining errands into one trip and skipping the drive-thru at fast-food restaurants.